Agricultural Hall

An Urban Agriculture Supply & Resource Center

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Agricultural Hall?

In 1818, the Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture built the original Agricultural Hall on Dighton Street in Brighton.  It served as the hub of the Brighton Fair and Cattle Show, one of the earliest and largest such fairs in the country.  In 1829, "a 17-pound turnip, a 19-pound radish, and a bough on which pears hung like a cluster of grapes were among the outstanding exhibits of that year."  In 1844 the building was moved to its present location at the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Washington Street.

Dr. William P. Marchione & 

The Bostonian Society

Brighton Allston Historical Society

Agricultural Hall

245 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA  02130

617-388-7378  /  e-mail Ag Hall

Sat.&Sun., 10:00am-2:30pm & by appt.


Maple Sugaring 2017

Let's build a fully equipped sugar shack in JP!  There are hundreds of sugar maples in town; a town-wide harvest could generate dozens of gallons of syrup.  Interested?  Please call Bill at 617-388-7378.  Plan now, pancakes later.


Sugaring in Boston -- An Overview

After long New England winters, 'sugaring' offers a magical transition to spring.  Tapping trees and boiling sap into warm sweet maple syrup begins in early February (earlier than up north).  One tree will produce anywhere from a mere two gallons to as many as 30 gallons of sap, but it takes about 30 gallons of syrup to boil down to one gallon of syrup!  Between 2012 & 2014, the Collective tapped eleven trees between Jamaica Plain's Sumner Hill and Stony Brook neighborhoods, collected 68 gallons of sap, and produced around two gallons of syrup in a small evaporator fabricated at Stonybrook Fine Arts.

The Collective is always looking for new members.  Here are ways to get involved:

  • Staff the evaporator and/or collect sap;
  • Help construct the new sugaring shack;
  • Identify tappable maple sugar trees for the 2017 season.

Members of the Collective will be required to work and/or pay modest dues depending on the amount of work hours they invest.  Typically, the most a member will pay per season is $45, but this goes down to $35 if you log two or more hours of work.  The amount of syrup at the end of the season is then divided up equally between members. 

If you would like to join, please contact Bill at 617-388-7378.